Indoor Pollution - what you don't know!
Over 1,500 substances may be found in the typical home!
While many people focus on outdoor air when they hear ‘air pollution’, you may be surprised to learn that indoor air contains 2 to 5 times and potentially as much as 100 times more contaminants than the air outdoors!
Most contaminants aren’t visible to the naked eye, so it’s hard to tell how polluted your indoor air may be.
The primary reasons for regularly cleaning your home is to clear out the toxic chemicals that have accumulated in your household dust. Flame-retardant chemicals and phthalates are among them (along with thousands of species of bacteria and fungi)
However, if you clean your home with commercial sprays, wipes, scrubs and polishes, you’re putting toxins into your home environment instead of removing them. The same goes for most laundry detergents, dryer sheets and air fresheners. Even those strong-smelling lemon and pine scents — the ones many people believe are the epitome of a clean home — are created by toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Weekly Use of Chemical Cleaners Comparable to Pack-a-Day Smoking
As mentioned earlier, exposure to cleaning solutions as seldom as once a week may accelerate decline in lung function, as demonstrated by research from the University of Bergen in Norway. The researchers found once-weekly use of cleaning solutions for 20 years produced damage to lung tissue equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for 10 to 12 years.
A recent survey found that almost half of the UK population use air fresheners at least once a week. And over a third of respondents use candles or incense to cover up smells and household odours.
While a scented candle or air freshener might seem like a useful idea to disguise unwanted odours, they may be giving you something you weren’t expecting: PHTHALATES.
Phthalates are potentially harmful chemicals that have been shown to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive issues.
Not a surprise, they are especially hazardous for use around children or pregnant women.
Unfortunately, phthalates aren’t just in scented products. They’re also found in children’s toys, nail polish and perfumes.
You can clean your home with non-toxic cleaners, using essential oils, and your house will smell much better, while offering you therapeutic benefits at the same time. Unlike synthetic fragrances, which pollute your air, essential oils may help to improve indoor air quality.
You’ve probably noticed how the air seems so fresh and clean when you’re out in the woods or up in the mountains. It is due to ozone and negative oxygen ions. That’s Mother Nature at work...
While diffusing pure essential oils, we get a similar effect - more negatively ionised oxygen and cleared from bacteria and viruses air, smelling naturally and uplifting.
I hope by now you can see that your indoor air is worth considering. And I hope you’re ready to do something about it.
My preferred solution - pure not diluted highest quality essential oils and home care products with them. Additionally, essential oils help to decompose and remove phthalates from your body, balances your mood, act as antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agents and smell like heaven.
Your home is your sanctuary – your place to escape and relax. Be sure it is safe too.
You can make it yourself or find ready to use solutions - it's up to you.